An Aphrodisiac Mixology Guide

Throughout history and across the globe, people are constantly on the quest to get some. They want sex- more of it and of better quality. This quest birthed aphrodisiacs, a food, drink or scent that can arouse or induce feelings of sexual desire. Aphrodisiacs are named after the ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite. They can have a powerful impact on the mind as most are thought to trigger the release of chemicals in the brain which then stimulate certain organs. Lovers in every culture and in every corner of the world have been consuming a long list of delicious and some not-so-delicious food and drinks that are said to have aphrodisiac properties for thousands of years. The ingredients are thought to increase libido when consumed, add sexual endurance or sexual sensitivity.

Culture and tradition play an important factor. Ancient Greeks and Romans and medieval
Europeans coveted certain foods with aphrodisiac status, like basil, rosemary, saffron, honey, grapes and pine nuts. Or, like foie gras, caviar, truffles and Champagne, they were viewed as romantic gifts because of their rarity and luxury. Other foods, like figs, asparagus and cucumbers, have long been seen as erotic because of their resemblance to the male and female sex organs. Some ingredients are considered sensual by virtue of how they are consumed and intimately shared by lovers. These items may or may not actually arouse you,
but one proven modern day aphrodisiac is good old alcohol. From whiskey to rum to vodka, even the go-to glass of red wine, has proven time and again to be a social lubricant that’s been doing its matchmaking-with a dash of courage- job since before Billy D. Williams and Colt 45. So it is only fitting that I mix, chop and screw (pun intended) some of these age old all-natural aphrodisiac blends to inspire some sexy cocktails. Hopefully they will get you in mood, seal the deal and, at best, increase the chances of you getting some (slow jams playlist not included). These are some of the most popular ingredients that are said to have abundant aphrodisiac qualities that we will be using:

Banna choclateCHOCOLATE

This valentine staple is sensual, from its taste to its  aroma, but dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.


With its phallic shape, bananas already look like a feel-good food; but they also contain bromelain, an enzyme that triggers testosterone production. The fruit’s potassium and vitamin B also elevate energy levels.


This sticky elixir is a symbol of health and procreation. In fact, the word ‘honeymoon’ got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the happy new bride and groom. It also contains boron; a chemical element that helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost. The bees’ brew is sweet, never goes bad, and is the perfect ingredient for your next drink.


This vitamin C-packed fruit helps keep blood flowing to all regions of the body. Its playful shape and portability also allows for very easy interaction so feed them to each other and get creative.


The gems enclosed in this fruit’s thick husk are filled with antioxidants that support blood flow. One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.


These small fruits are full of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and more. They also pack melatonin, an antioxidant to help regulate your heart.


This invigorating spice has an exotic reputation and a bright red color, which could be why it’s
considered an aphrodisiac and a symbol of love in many countries. But there’s a bit of scientifc truth to this ingredient as it does quicken the pulse and induce sweating, mimicking the state of sexual arousal, as well as stimulates the release of endorphins, which play a role in sexual pleasure



-1 Cup Strawberries
(Halved and frozen)
-1 Banana
(Ripe, peeled, sliced and frozen)

-4.5 oz. Tequila
-1.5 oz. Triple sec
-2 tbsps. Fresh lime juice
-1 cup crushed ice

Freeze the strawberry and banana slices for a couple of hours. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend in short pulses – you want it smooth but still thick. Pour into frosted margarita glasses and serve.


-2 oz. Cherry Flavored Vodka
-2 oz. Crème de Cocoa
-2 oz. Vanilla Creamer
-1 oz. Grenadine
-1 oz. Maraschino cherry juice
Chocolate syrup

Prepare two martini glasses by swirling with chocolate syrup along the inside of the glasses. Set aside. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin flled with ice, shake with ice and strain into prepared glasses.


– 1.5 oz. Bourbon
– 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 oz. honey
– 2 muddled chili slices
– 2 dashes Angostura bitters
– Ginger beer

Muddle the chili and honey in a shaker tin and add Bourbon and lemon. Shake with ice and serve in an old fashioned (rocks) glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and splash with two dashes of Angostura bitters. Enjoy this fun and lust-flled adventurous experiment and sample these aphrodisiac-based cocktails with your partner. See if the science holds true.


Bruce Blue Rivera is an accomplished mixologist with over 16 years of wine and spirits experience, boasting an impressive resume that spans across 12 countries. Bruce Blue Rivera is currently the General Manger at Boss Tweeds Saloon – 115 Essex Street in New York City. Cocktails created by Bruce Blue Rivera: Caliente Kiss & Le Cerise Passion.


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